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    #1

    many people don't vs not many people

    Hi.

    Let say that I have a very cocky friend and he says:

    1- Many people don't get that kind of respect from me.

    2- Not many people get that kind of respect from me.

    Is threre any difference in meaning? I cannot make sure of that.
    Last edited by probus; 02-Jul-2020 at 19:15. Reason: Fix typo

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    #2

    Re: many people don't vs not many people

    I can perceive no difference in meaning.

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    #3

    Re: many people don't vs not many people

    The meanings are distinctly different:

    1- Many people don't get that kind of respect from me. There are a lot of people to whom I don't give the kind of respect we're talking about.

    2- Not many people get that kind of respect from me. People to whom I give the kind of respect we're talking about are rare.

    The number of people involved could be very different. Suppose there are a thousand people. Number one would be appropriate if I didn't respect, say, two hundred of them and respected the other eight hundred. Number two would work if I only respected twenty or thirty.
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